President Trump Commutes the Sentence of Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

President Donald Trump has confirmed during an interview with reporters that he has commuted the sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.

ABC News reported Tuesday, February 18, 2020 that President Donald Trump is expected to commute the sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, according to multiple senior level sources.

A short time later in a video interview posted by WGN, President Trump explained that he commuted the sentence, saying it was was a “prosecution by the “same people — Comey, Fitzpatrick — the same group … very far from his children, they’re growing older, thy’re going to high school now and they rarely get to see their father, outside of an orange uniform. I saw that and I did commute his sentence.”

The former Democrat Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (Inmate No. 40892-424) has been a resident of the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood — near Littleton, Colorado — since March 15, 2012.

Blagojevich was convicted on multiple charges, including the charge that he sought to exchange an appointment to former President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat in exchange for campaign money.

Blagojevich was the 40th Governor of Illinois from 2003 until impeachment, conviction and removal from office in 2009. Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison on December 7, 2011, .



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